Blessed and Unbowed

At this moment the news is reporting about the stabbing of three Jews just a few yards from the Jaffa Gate, one of the main entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem.  It seems that two Arab terrorists assaulted these people and thank G-d, none of the victims were killed, although two of them were reported to be in serious condition. Two of our Border Police and a few well armed citizens, shot the savages and one died immediately and the other succumbed to his wounds on the way to the hospital. There is justice after all.

It is somewhat befuddling to me that Israel is always counseled to act with restraint. Restraint? When peaceful civilians are in danger of being stabbed in the back, or run over by kill crazy terrorists while at a bus stop, or when rockets fall on our northern and southern cities without respite, we are told to act with restraint? I wonder how restrained the citizens of New York or Chicago, or London or Berlin would be if their citizens were made targets for axes, machetes and butcher knives. Yesterday, some woman in Las Vegas, Nevada plowed her car into a group of people while she was shouting “Allah Akbar!”  It is enough that we have to witness the thousands of Arab thugs marching in the streets of Gaza and Ramallah waving scimitars and meat cleavers in the air and shouting for Jewish blood.

It is amazing to me that we have not, as is our right, employed the death penalty for captured terrorists. It is a testament to our humanity that we even bring these wounded devils to our hospitals. It is a magnificent compliment to Israel’s citizens that we have not become vigilantes and demonstrated in our cities for the expulsion of Arabs from our country. Some of us would say that we have been too lenient, too merciful and way too cowardly to take on the enemy in a more vociferous and drastic manner. As though the blowing up of the terrorists’ home is a greater evil than a six foot drop on the end of an Israeli rope.

No, we will never succumb to perpetrating the same evil as our enemies. There need be no excuses for the elimination of terrorists caught in the act of murder and we do not ever have to justify our right of self defense when missiles target our people. The fact that we are even held up to ridicule and insult because of our right to survive is inherently more malicious when it is spoken of by nations far more despicable with far greater evils on their hands. No less is the argument against us by great nations that have slain hundreds of thousands of civilians on purpose with fire bombs and explosives from the air.

This writer is among those who have often advocated a far more harsh line against our foes. After all, we are damned when we defend ourselves with minimal force, how much more opprobrium must we expect when we act as those who deliberately accuse us of war crimes. As though the thousands of tons of napalm dropped on Dresden by the Americans and the British for three days and nights is less of a tragedy than the targeting of specific locations by the IDF. Hypocrisy recognizes little truth and damns much. How many leaflets and radio messages were sent to the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki before hundreds of thousands of men, women and children were immolated by the blast of the atomic bombs dropped on them?

Am I fearful? NEVER! I speak for millions of my fellow Israelis when I say that I will NEVER stop living my life as I wish. I will not hide from life. I will NEVER cease believing that whatever might come that Israel will do what she must to destroy the enemy. I will NEVER give the enemy any moment of celebration over me by locking myself in my safe room. I will NEVER accept the insults and contempt heaped upon my tiny Jewish country by the words of tyrants, despots, Arab criminal regimes and sycophantic, impotent Western cowardly diplomats whose tongues are coated with Arab oil and Persian pustules.

I am blessed, as are all of Israel’s Jews, to breathe the air of a sovereign nation and watch the sun rise over the hills and valleys of an independent Hebrew republic. I am blessed to be a part of a generation that has witnessed the renaissance of my people and the reclamation of our ancient birthright. I am blessed to live in a land where Hebrew is spoken and Judaism is preserved. I am blessed to live in a time and place where Jews need not apologize for their identity or need to explain why we observe our holidays as they ought to be celebrated.

So, to the world that still loves dead Jews better than live ones, especially those who wish us to commit national suicide to placate the Anti-Semites and their lackeys, I will NEVER make it easy for you. I will fight you with every fiber of my being till my last breath in the defense of my nation, my people, my homeland. Bring on your knives, machetes, your axes and your missiles, the House of David and this one of its sons, spit in your eye.

About the Author
Irwin was born in New York City and is now retired. He lives in Maaleh Adumim since making aliyah 7 years ago.